Liberal Socialist Party (Singapore)

The Liberal Socialist Party (abbreviation: LSP) was a political party in the Singapore. It was formed in the 1950s from the merger of the Singapore Progressive Party (SPP) and the Democratic Party (DP), the latter not to be confused with the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).[1] The merger occurred in order to consolidate their relatively compatible and similar aims, that of gradual and nonradical progressivism implementing liberal policies.[1]

Liberal Socialist Party
Chinese name自由社会党
Zìyóu Shèhuìdǎng
Malay nameParti Liberal Sosialis
ڤرتي ليبرل سوسياليس
Tamil nameதாராண்மை சமூகவுடைமைக் கட்சி
Tārāṇmai camūkavuṭaimaik kaṭci
FounderTan Chye Cheng
Founded5 February 1956; 68 years ago (1956-02-05)
Legalised24 May 1961; 63 years ago (1961-05-24)
Dissolved10 September 1963; 60 years ago (1963-09-10)
Merger of
Succeeded bySingapore People's Alliance
Ideology
Political positionCentre-left
Colors  Orange

The merger occurred because of the weak performance of both parties in the Singapore general election of 1955, but members started to merge with the Singapore People's Alliance (SPA) before the following general election of 1959. The LSP contested the general election of 1959 against the SPA, had a significant showing, gaining more than 8% of the popular vote and contesting 32 seats, but failed to win any of them. Following the election most of the LSP merged with the SPA and the rump of the LSP died out as the now ruling People's Action Party (PAP) gained dominance. The SPA faded away during the incidents of merger, ensuing heated PAP-UMNO relations, and a shifted political focus towards an additional struggle between the PAP and the Barisan Sosialis. The LSP ceased to exist by 1965, when Singapore became fully independent, and never stood candidates for election.[1]

Election Results

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Legislative Assembly

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Election seats up for election seats contested by party contested seats won contested seats lost total seats change total votes share of votes swing Resulting Government party leader
1959 51 32 0 32
0 / 51
  6 42,805
8.21 / 100
  37.08% Extra-Parliamentary Tan Chye Cheng
Legislative Assembly By-Election
Election seats up for election seats contested by party contested seats won contested seats lost total seats change total votes share of votes Resulting Government party leader
1957 2 2 1 1
1 / 2
  1 3,657
28.74 / 100
Opposition Tan Chye Cheng

References

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  1. ^ a b c "Liberal Socialist Party". www.singapore-elections.com. Retrieved 2018-07-13.